As we look ahead to Christmas, the national Church and the diocese will be providing resources and reflections which link to this year’s theme of Comfort and Joy. The different resources will support worship in schools, in churches and at home.
The theme of Comfort and Joy acknowledges the challenge there will be for so many of us this year, as we are unable to be with loved ones to celebrate Christmas, due to the restrictions imposed by Covid.
- You can find details of the resources for the national Christmas campaign on the Church of England website, including how to get hold of the reflections, the booklet and an app.
This Christmas the Church will need, in the words of St Paul in Romans 12.15, to ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep’. We will aim to celebrate where we can together in one place – but also embrace a wider community that wants to join in the celebration but may not be physically able – or emotionally ready – to do so. We hope that ‘Comfort and Joy’ will enable us to build a campaign that both enables us to reconnect with the rich and joyous traditions of the past and to offer God’s consoling love in the present.
- New (12/11/20) Our evangelism team has pulled together some creative Christmas church evangelism ideas.
- In Somerset, Rural affairs adviser Rob Walrond will be producing – aided by a full cast – the ‘Real Nativity’, which is normally an outdoor nativity in a farm setting to which schools are invited. This year, it will be filmed on a farm and available for use from the end of November, in schools or worship services. This will be available here on the diocesan website, and on our YouTube page.
- The diocesan Go team for children and young people are producing a daily video to guide you through Advent which will be available on Instagram and other social media channels.
- And there will also be some very personal reflections from individuals, discussing where they hope to find comfort and joy this Christmas, in the time of Covid.
- Wells Cathedral will also be filming some Christmas services, and Bishop Ruth plans to film a Christmas morning service for those who are isolating at home, which we’ll show here and on our Facebook page.
- On December 5 and 6, there will be a South West Carols event, which hopes to be the biggest nativity and carols event in the South West. It will involve schools, local musicians, young people from around the region and the London Community Gospel Choir. Find out more.
- The Environment team has also produced a guide to having a green Christmas. Download the checklist below if you don’t want to forget to care for creation this Christmas. There is also a Big Green Advent Calendar for you to download.
Do keep checking this page for further details, as more events and resources will be added over the next few weeks.